Washington Tourist Attractions

America’s capital city offers many different types of activities for everyone. Here are some of the most popular activities and places to visit in Washington D.C.

Washington DC: Monuments by Moonlight Nighttime Trolley Tour

Explore the nation’s capital at night on a trolley tour for 2.5 hours along streets traveled by U. S. presidents and see the Lincoln Memorial, the Martin Luther King Memorial, and other monuments.

The trolley tour has stops at the Lincoln Memorial, the Martin Luther King Memorial, Iwo Jima Memorial, FDR Memorial, Vietnam Veteran Memorial, and Korean War Memorial.

The fees include trolley transportation, tour guide, taxes, and hotel pickup and drop-off. Food, drinks, and gratuities are not included.

Meeting Point: 1001 E St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Washington DC: National Mall Night Bus Tour

The night bus 3-hour tours bring visitors to historical monuments in D.C., including the Navy Memorial, Capitol Building, The Smithsonian, and the world-famous Washington Monument.

There is an English-speaking live tour guide that will entertain and inform you as you pass by the White House, World War II Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, and on to the Lincoln and Vietnam Veterans memorials.

Meeting Point: The United States Navy Memorial

Washington DC: Must-See Sights Half-Day Tour

This half-day tour will bring tourists to significant American structures such as the White House and the Capitol to take pictures. It is ideal for tourists who want to visit the city but with little time.

Visitors will visit the World War II Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Franklin Delano Memorial, Korean Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Vietnam Women's Memorial, and Lincoln Memorial.

Note: This is not ideal for people with a physical disability.

Meeting Point: Corner of 9th and Pennsylvania NW, outside the north side of the National Archives Building and across the street from the Archives Metro Station.

Washington DC: 2-Hour National Mall Tour by Electric Vehicle

This battery-operated eCruiser is an alternative way to visit the National Mall. This electric vehicle allows you to see Capitol Hill, the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, and Washington Memorial in comfort.

The electric vehicle can accommodate seven passengers plus the driver/tour guide. The tour guide/driver is there to make your journey informative, fun, and memorable.

Note: Children below four years of age are not permitted to sit on a parent's or guardian's lap due to local safety regulations in the eCruiser. Carts can accommodate most types of infant seats. Tourists are encouraged to bring their infant seats.

For infant seat requirements, visitors may notify the tour company at least 48 hours in advance.

Meeting Point: L’Enfant Metro Stop. Meet at the corner of 7th St. & Maryland Ave. SW is also known as 7th & C St. (Maryland Ave. becomes C St. on the other side of 7th St.)

Washington DC: Hop-On, Hop-Off Open-Top Bus Landmarks Tour

Hop-on, hop-off tickets will allow tourists unlimited bus rides to many attractions in Washington D.C.

Here are the three options:

  • Premium Tickets: 2-Day Hop-On, Hop-Off Open-Top Bus Tour
  • Deluxe Tickets: 2-Day Hop-On, Hop-Off Open-Top Bus Tour + Night Tour
  • Classic Tickets: 1-Day Hop-On, Hop-Off Open-Top Bus Tour

They get to visit landmarks in Washington D.C. aboard the open-top buses with the freedom to explore and hop on and hop off at all stops on the three routes around the city.

The Red Loop, for example, visits historic sites and landmarks, including the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, and the U.S. Capitol.

The Blue Loop will transport you across the Potomac to visit Arlington Cemetery and the Georgetown area.

The Yellow Loop provides pickups and drop-offs at over half-a-dozen hotels in the area, with stops overlapping the Red and Blue loops for ease of transfer.

The meeting point may vary depending on the selection option.

Note: The operator has the right to refuse entry for individuals with a valid passport or ID card.

Washington DC: Walking Tour and African American Museum

This 90-minute walking tour will bring you to American landmarks, including the White House and the Washington Monument.

After the walking tour, visitors can use their entry tickets to visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Explore the museum on your own at your own pace.

Fees include a Washington D.C. walking tour, reserved entrance ticket to the African American National Museum, guided tour of the African American Museum, and transportation.

Meeting Point: Andrew Jackson Memorial Statue in the middle of Lafayette Square Park. Pennsylvania Avenue NW and 16th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001.

Note: The tour operator reserves the right to refuse entry for individuals without a valid passport or ID card.

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